Leadership has always been a critical element of organisational success, but only recently has its value been adequately recognised in an educational context. The scope of this MSc covers defence and the wider security sector. The course is designed to appeal to those interested in or involved with leadership. Its primary audience will be those with personal experience of leadership practice and who are keen to expand and improve their knowledge and understanding of leadership theory and practice.

Course structure

The Defence Leadership MSc is a three year part-time Executive MSc made up of 13 taught three-day modules delivered in seven schools. Module 13 (Research Methods) is at the beginning of year three and is a precursor to the research-based dissertation which completes the schedule of study.

Example modules


  • Introductory Studies & Critical Thinking
  • Leadership Studies - Classical and Modern
  • Strategic Management in Defence
  • The Psychology of Leadership
  • Defence Sector and Organisational Behaviour
  • DL Programme and Project Management
  • Leading Change and Innovation
  • National Security: Resilience and Crisis
  • Global Security: Culture and Complexity
  • Global Security: Emerging Challenges
  • Leadership Development in Defence
  • Contemporary Defence Leadership Studies
  • Research Methods

Individual project

A 20,000-word research-based project selected by you and focused on an aspect of leadership.

Future career

This qualification will take you on to a thorough understanding of defence leadership in its widest setting, within and beyond the defence sector, in theory, and in practice.

Entry requirements

A first or second Class Honours degree or equivalent. Students with 3rd Class Honours or an Ordinary Degree with three or five years respectively of suitable postgraduate experience may also qualify for enrolment. Nongraduates will be assessed on the basis of scholastic attainment and experience.

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Last updated April 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Jan 2020
3 years
19,000 GBP
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